The collection of indie films that folks like to call “mumblecore” have played festivals around the globe, but Ron Mann and his Canadian distribution company filmswelike, are bringing a bunch of the titles to cities in the Great White North later this month for a bonafide theatrical tour. Among the films in the series are: Quiet City, Funny Ha Ha, LOL, Four Eyed Monsters, The Guatemalan Handshake, Mutual Appreciation, and Nights and Weekends. From the filmswelike Web site:
This summer, Canadian filmmaker Ron Mann (Grass, Comic Book Confidential) and independent promoter Gary Topp (Ramones, The Police, Dixie Chicks) bring ‘Generation D.I.Y.’ to theatres across Canada, an unlikely assembly of films by a collection of American filmmakers who are young, ambitious, and broke.
Heralded as the “mumblecore” movement at 2005’s South By Southwest film festival, their works share achingly relatable stories of twenty-somethings and a grainy lo-fi esthetic that have won them critical acclaim everywhere from The New York Times to Entertainment Weekly. Generation D.I.Y. visits Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Edmonton in June and July, with directors speaking in select cities.
Personally, I think it’s about damn time. I’ve always felt that 1990s Canadian indie film was the unintentional harbinger of “mumblecore.” The series begins at Toronto’s Bloor Cinema, June 19-22.